Before you head to Tasty Burger in Harvard Square this coming Saturday to check out what is sure to be one hell of a show (Speedy Ortiz! The Channels! Sneeze! Idiot Genes! At f#$#ing TASTYBURGER!), make sure to do your homework and listen to “Everything’s Bigger”, the preview track from the Northampton, MA four-piece’s soon-to-be-released Real Hair EP (Carpark). Power chords and chunky bass are the perfect match for Sadie Dupuis‘s rich but assertive vocals. As usual, clever and sometimes perplexing lyrics make Speedy stand out from the pack: Me, I’m just like my wife/She’s a blade and I’m a dull knife/Turned up in a bouquet. Complex imagery abounds here as it does in so many Speedy Ortiz songs, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the other tracks on Real Hair will be just as intriguing.
Everything–everything–from the thick riffs to the album art– screams nineties here, and while “Everything’s Bigger” wouldn’t be out of place on a playlist laden with Sugar and Pixies songs, something about this feels strictly 2014. There are a lot of bands out there who make a go of it doing shitty nineties wannabe music, and also some who do some pretty decent nineties wannabe music, but either way, Speedy Ortiz is not one of those bands.
Listen to “Everything’s Bigger” below. If you like it, don’t miss out on this Saturday’s show, and be sure to pick up a copy of Real Hair, which comes out February 11th.